Eric Samuels

Festival Director - Artistic Director - CEO

Eric Samuels’ diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player has allowed him to perform in the New York area, throughout most of the United States, in Europe, and the Far East. Bernard Greenhouse, formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio, has said of Samuels, “He has distinguished himself among his colleagues as an intelligent and gifted musician of the highest level. Eric has  captured the essence of a beautiful sound, and approaches the cello with great sensitivity, as well as technical virtuosity.”

Alison Griffiths Samuels

Artistic Director - Education Coordinator

Alison Griffiths includes in her most influential teachers Julius Baker, Samuels Baron, Albert Tipton, and Brad Garner. Among her 100’s of orchestral, chamber music, and solo performances, she has had numerous opportunities to have been featured in chamber music concerts with the late Julius Baker. Of one of her duet performances with Mr. Baker, a local Utah music critic mentioned, “The blend of Mr. Baker’s and Ms. Griffith’s flute sounds in the Doppler Duet was so flawless that the listener was challenged to figure out where the teacher left off and the student began.”

Juli-Andra Fuentes

Operations Manager - SEO Development

Multichannel Marketing Manager and Public Relations Professional with experience in Business Development, Event Planning, Team Building and Training, Vendor and Resource Management, Online Reputation Management, Website and Social Media Administration and Real Property Management.

Develop/ manage demand generation marketing techniques that drive brand awareness, customer loyalty and retention. Strengths include a Public Relations and Marketing Manager background, with the ability to organize and lead a team, perform business and data analysis, train staff, recruit vendors and analyze ROI, website, social media and online reputation administration with an expert level understanding of search engine optimization (SEO), business development, event planning and promotions.

Nathan Caskey

IT Director - Web Site Managment

Experience in online marketing, account management, organic and pay-per-click optimization, off-shore management, selling, training, team building and organization. Managed accounts, websites and online marketing for large automotive dealership groups as well as project coordination and management.

Clifford Taylor

IT Associate Director - V.P. Marketing

Clifford Taylor Fleischbein is very knowledgeable based on a constant and deliberate self-discipline of reinventing himself in new technologies and new forms of business marketing and development. His tool kit is made up of the latest cutting edge information system technologies. You will find his very creative nature, also found in his music arrangements, abounds in the innovative work to make your custom, business-information solution.

Kenny Cohen
Director of Student Affairs and Management

Kenny Cohen is currently a Junior at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA. He participates in his schools music program, fashion program, nanotechnology program, and leadership program. He plays the violin in the California State University Northridge Youth Symphony. He has much experience in website development, marketing, and graphic design. He loves working with camps and other festivals. Besides from the Utah Music Festival, he also runs the office at the Big Bear Sports Ranch and works with Billy Martin Tennis Camps on advertising and website design.